A Ukrainian battalion mentioned Monday that Russia has used chemical weapons in opposition to Ukraine’s army and residents, inflicting victims to develop respiratory failure and different sicknesses.
The Azoz Regiment, a unit of the Nationwide Guard of Ukraine, mentioned the chemical compounds have been of an “unknown origin” and dropped through an unmanned aerial car (UAV) on civilians within the southeastern metropolis of Mariupol.
“About an hour ago, Russian occupation forces used a poisonous substance of unknown origin against Ukrainian military and civilians in the city of Mariupol, which was dropped from an enemy UAV,” the Azoz Regiment posted on Telegram on Monday. “The victims have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome. The consequences of using an unknown substance are being clarified.”
Newsweek couldn’t independently confirm the claims. Nonetheless, a number of Ukrainian officers additionally posted in regards to the accusations on social media.
“The #Azov Batallion informs Russia has used an unknown chemical substance against defenders of #Mariupoland civilians. @POTUS @NATO you announced a strong reaction should Russia use chemical weapons. Time to act NOW,” she wrote.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of inside affairs, tweeted in regards to the alleged use of chemical weapons.
“ATTENTION! Chemical weapons are used against Ukrainian defenders in #Mariupol! russia openly crosses all boundaries of humanity and openly declares it, while Ukraine is still asking for heavy weapon,” he wrote.
Ivanna Klympush, a politician who’s main the nation’s efforts to combine Ukraine into the European Union, additionally condemned the alleged actions and referred to as for additional sanctions in opposition to Russia.
“This is red line beyond which 🌎 must destroy economy of despotism. We demand full embargo on all fuels from #RU &heavy weapons 2UA now!,” she wrote.
Russia beforehand was accused of deploying white phosphorous munitions within the jap metropolis of Kramatorsk, a chemical substance that’s robust sufficient to burn human flesh.
Late final month, NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg mentioned that the use of chemical weapons is a “blatant violation of international law with far-reaching consequences.”
Biden beforehand mentioned that the use of chemical weapons may very well be grounds to set off a response from the U.S. and NATO.
It is a growing information story, and it is going to be up to date as extra data turns into obtainable.